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House passes bill to eliminate wasteful reports

Apr. 29, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
The U.S. Capitol dome in Washington D.C. May 15,2008 .Tom Brown/Staff
The U.S. Capitol dome in Washington D.C. May 15,2008 .Tom Brown/Staff (Tom Brown / Army Times Publishing Co.)

Agencies would stop producing a variety of unnecessary reports, under legislation passed by the House April 28.

The Government Reports Elimination Act would cut reports from across government and save agencies about $1 million over the next five years.

The legislation is sponsored by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif, and by Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-VA., and Rob Woodall, R-Ga. Senators Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., have introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

“Congress relies on accurate, timely reports to inform its spending and policy decisions, but outdated or duplicative reports are simply a waste of government resources,” Issa said in a press release.

Connolly said it is important that Congress leverage every opportunity to streamline or eliminate antiquated reporting requirements in a bipartisan way.

“Enacting our bipartisan legislation will free up precious agency resources, allowing taxpayer dollars to be devoted to operations that are truly mission-critical, high priority functions,” Connolly said.

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